Change of ring, out come Tazz and Cole to a huge pop and here it is…
Smackdown has back to the Erwin Center!
Teddy Long and the Network Guy come out to proclaim Monday’s invasion of Raw a huge success, and that it will happen again. Suddenly, the Orton clan interrupt and point out that they were the first ones to invade Raw, not
Booker T (w/Sharmel) def. Orlando Jordan. Seems somebody is actually remembering what valets are supposed to do, as Sharmel really pumped up the crowd for Booker. And, on another note, those pyros are hot. I was the far side of the cameras and still felt them from there.
JBL cuts a promo from the lobby, then walks down through the crowd, beating up a Rey Mysterio teddy bear and accusing the Hispanic population of Texas of turning it into North Mexico. He then said that UT would loose the Red River shootout this weekend (note to Mack Brown – give Sam a shot). Now that got heat.
Video promo for Orton/Taker at No Mercy and then it’s Ken Kennedy AGAIN. They must really like this guy. Anyway, he’s guest commentator for our next match, in which Sylvan unconvincingly beat Bob Holly after a mike-shot from
Now it’s backstage, where someone remembers that Rowdy Roddy Piper is best with a mike. A great promo cut on Cowboy Bob, confirming the Ortons versus Piper for later tonight. Video for Raw, video for No Mercy and it’s back to
Road Warriors and Burchill/Regal fight to a No Contest after a run-in by MnM. Seems that one of the most promising tag teams in years, Burchill and Regal, has become fodder for other people’s feuds.
OK, serious note, Paul Burchill is being kept in a holding pattern. This guy is one of the best British talents in years, up there with former NOAH tag champ Doug Williams. When the WWE finally lets him bust out the C-4 Hotwired, his double exploder suplex, you will be shocked, trust me.
And backstage again, with Eddie saying he has Batista’s back and it’s all cuddly. Meanwhile, back in the ring, the guy with the t-shirt cannon makes ten people very happy.
Aaaaaaaaaand back to the ring. It’s Eddie again, saying he has Batista’s back. The place then explodes because The Animal is here. Batista (remember when people said he couldn’t do promos?) accuses Eddie of levelling him with
Video promo for Rey and JBL this Sunday, video shilling Viva Las Divas (are they still all even working for the WWE on that disc?), Raw rebound (the return of Trips, and Austin stunning everyone. Hey, kids, how horrible will
Finally, back to the ring. Orton and Orton (sounds like tax attorneys) take on Rowdy Roddy Piper… and lose! Piper gets the pin after Orton jr high-tails it when he hears the teased tolling of Undertaker’s bell. Yes, takers’ dong
During their ‘fish out of water’ moment, the Orton’s fail to notice that Taker has appeared out of nowhere. He clears house and stares them down.
Next up, it’s the weekly ‘jobber on Smackdown’ moment as Bobby Lashley creams Eddie Craven while Simon Dean does squats. Very odd. Lashley is a monster and will go far. The pop for the rookie is already huge.
A round-up of the No Mercy matches, and it’s our main event: the postponed 6-man tag team bout from Raw. JBL, Eddie and Christian vs Benoit, Batista and Rey. Yup, three No Mercy matches in one night. Batista finally gets the
That’s it, everyone, except for the unannounced (so many people had left, it wasn’t funny) Orton vs ‘Taker dark match. It’s easy to forget, but Taker is huge, still very good in-ring and had tremendous charisma. He takes the pin
Sidebar: did this week’s invasion of Raw not happen? Teddy and Eddie mention it, but there are no ramifications from Homecoming whatsoever. No invasion, no Matt Hardy, no McMahon, no nothing. Very bizarre. Apart from that, all
Top Heat JBL Eddie The Ortons MnM (although Melina off-sets a lot of that by doing the splits) Simon Dean (for just not being very interesting)
Top indefinable reactions for those that people were just glad to see Christian.